WHAT IT IS?
The Carpathian Mountains or Carpathians are a range of mountains forming an arch throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Roughly 1,500 km (932 mi) long, it is the third longest European mountain range after the Urals at 2,500 km (1,553 mi) and the Scandinavian Mountains at 1,700 km (1,056 mi).
Carpathian Arch Race #CAR it is an road bike race starting from the city of Bratislava in Slovakia, following the mountains thru Ukraine, entering in Romania, crossing the greatest passes and finishing in the Cluj Napoca, Romania. The finish is in Apuseni mountains, Transylvania, which belongs to the Western Romanian Carpathians, also called “Occidentali” in Romanian. Their name translates from Romanian as Mountains “of the sunset”. We are pedaling more than 2,500 km, thru a great landscape, checking few breathtaking points. The race is an unsupported one, all the participants must to follow the route, passing the check points, planning the luggage, the sleeping time, the power and strength.
START – Bratislava (Slovakia)
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails.
CP 02 – CP 09 – see the Check Segments page.
FINISH – Cluj Napoca (Romania)
Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, is the fourth most populous city in Romania and the seat of Cluj County in the northwestern part of the country. Geographically, it is roughly equidistant from Bucharest (324 km, Budapest (351 km). Located in the Someșul Mic river valley, the city is considered the unofficial capital to the historical province of Transylvania. Cluj-Napoca held the titles of European Youth Capital in 2015 and European City of Sport in 2018.
There will be two categories: SOLO & PAIR
We want you to have fun, to discover places you have not been before and that includes a journey to the limits of your own boundaries. But for that to take place and the memories to build, we need you to ride safe.
Also, you will have all the checking segments coordinates printed on the received postcards.
The participant must upload the track provided on a GPS device and follow it from start to finish.